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Operations manual

  1. 1. OHARA SCHOOL OF IKEBANA OTTAWA CHAPTER OPERATIONS MANUAL Being a Teacher Preamble: In Japan: After obtaining an instructor’s certificate, a candidate would then work as an assistant (or intern) to their Master teacher at least 4 times per week—preparing materials, preparing the workshop space, assisting the master and then clearing and cleaning up afterwards. Lessons (4 per month) are taken with the master on a regular basis, then once a month the student would do an exam arrangement which would be marked. After 6 months to a year, the student would then–if their marks are high enough on all the previous pieces--move to Fourth Term Master and continue that process as they proceed through the levels. In Canada: For various reasons, this would not work here; therefore, we are proposing that we adopt and adapt some of these concepts to create our own pre-requisites for teaching here in Ottawa. It is proposed that we use the concept of the mentor teacher* where everyone who wishes to teach will have a mentor teacher and be a mentor teacher. As well, wherever possible, it would be the expectation that teachers will try to offer opportunities to their students to be assistants at any of the A or B activities, listed below, with the understanding that this is a free learning activity for the assistant. At the discretion of the mentor teacher, some attendance credits may be given for their attendance card. It is also the expectation that Chapter teachers will participate in a twice yearly informal Teacher’s meeting. Qualifications for Chapter Teachers: A) For Standalone Introductory Workshops and Demonstrations t for the community at large**: 1. Have a least an Instructor’s certificate and the permission of their mentor teacher to participate. 2. Be a lifelong learner by attending lessons on a regular basis*** with their mentor teacher. 3. Exhibit at the Ohara Annual Exhibition each year. 4. Take advantage of any opportunity to be an assistant (or intern) to their mentor teacher. t Demonstration Guidelines: 1. The Demonstrator must have an Instructor’s certificate or above. 2. Except in unforeseen circumstances, there should be at least 2 Ohara members at the demonstration (assistant should be from the senior level students).
  2. 2. 3. Will always be done in consultation with one’s mentor teacher. 4. Must do style from the Ohara curriculum. 5. Must make a final report to the Ohara board. 6. For demonstrations of an hour or less, it is generally expectated that there would be approximately 5 different arrangements made using at least 3 different styles/forms. Instructor level teachers will do the shorter and less complicated demonstrations—usually less than an hour. B) To teach ongoing classes: Workshops, Courses at Schools, Colleges or Universities, General Interest programs, Adult and Continuing Education Classes The Teacher should: 1. Have at least a Fourth Term Master Certificate****; 2. Be a lifelong learner by attending lessons on a regular basis*** with their mentor teacher; 3. Exhibit at the Ohara Annual Exhibition each year; 4. Take advantage of any opportunity to be an assistant (or intern) to their mentor teacher. Granting of Certificates by Ohara Chapter Teachers It is recognized that the Ohara School Curriculum (available from Headquarters or on the web) is the basic minimum. The student is expected to demonstrate, at every level, proficiency with all seasonal materials—Winter, Spring, Summer and Fall. Therefore, generally the student will have taken lessons in these seasons using seasonal materials before being granted a certificate at any level. All new teachers who wish to grant certificates to student candidates must do so in consultation with their Mentor teacher. After a period of 3 to 5 years, on the recommendation of their Mentor teacher, they may then do so on their own. When granting an Instructor or above certificate, the Chapter Advisor must be consulted. For Teacher Training It is recognized that there are many ways for a student to acquire teacher preparation experience. Therefore, it is recognized that Ohara student members should take part in demonstrations as much as possible. It is important to remember that in demonstrations, the demonstrator must follow the rules of the Ohara school for that style/form. One way that students may gain experience would be to have a student and a master demonstrate together—in a side by side demonstration. The student would demonstrate the basic style, and then the master would demonstrate the same style at a higher level. For example: A) if a one row form is being done, the student would do a front view only while the master would do an all around view;
  3. 3. or B) the student would do the style using two kinds of material and then the master would do the style using 3 to 5 kinds of material. Fostering the Chapter Teachers As a school, it is our responsibility to help our teachers through the promotion of continued learning and in-service. Even though it is the expectation that teachers will take regular classes on a yearly basis, the chapter will schedule and advertise a twice yearly Teacher’s Meeting. # Guidelines for Teacher’s Meetings: 1. Invite all members with an Instructor’s level certificate and above. 2. Hold meeting twice a year—usually December and early June. 3. Agenda items to include (a and b are musts): a) reports from NAOTA b) sharing of ideas and tips of interest to teachers and demonstrators c) may include some demonstrations of new ideas, concepts, or materials, workshops, discussions, etc. Definitions: *mentor teacher—each instructor level and above would be working with and taking lessons from a more senior master. (i.e.—instructor level with 3rd degree master, 3rd degree master with sub grand master, etc.) ** community at large refers to presentations to groups at libraries, senior citizens centres, community centres, youth groups, etc. The smaller groups—(15 or so) would be suitable for instructor level, while larger groups or more complicated demonstrations would be done by Master level 4 and above. For groups from embassies, garden clubs, horticultural societies or similar groups, this should be handled by more senior masters (no matter what size) as these will be groups with a greater knowledge of Ikebana. ***regular basis means that you are taking at least 5 to 10 lessons per year with masters at levels higher than your own. ****it would be the expectation that these people would have the approval of their mentor teacher and have gained experience while an Instructor. Criteria for payment of fees and Honorariums For Workshops Rationale: The senior masters (Grand Master, Sub Grand Master, 1st Degree Master, 2nd Degree Master, Associate Degree Master and 3rd Term Master) of the school are those who have the greatest expertise and experience on which we, as the school, can draw to help continue the education of our members and students. Therefore, it is expected that they will give workshops as our ongoing mentors. Workshops maybe given by other masters and this will be seen as a learning experience for them. They will undoubtedly draw upon the expertise of the senior masters, but neither the senior master nor the workshop presenter will be given an honorarium. However, they will receive monies for the purchase and collection of materials used in the workshops.
  4. 4. 1. All Third Level Masters and higher, who are members of the Ottawa Ohara School, will receive an honorarium if they give a workshop for the school*. This amount is in addition to the amount given or used for the purchase or collection of materials. 2. A Workshop is defined as: a) having at least 15 Ohara students who are paying; b) being advertised by Ohara school as an Ohara School workshop. 3. Scale of honorariums: Grand and Sub Grand Master---$ 400 Level 1 Master--$ 175 Level 2 Master--$ 50 Level 3 Master--$ 50 4. Reimbursement for workshop (flower, branch and plant materials) and demonstration materials (i.e., photocopying, diagrams, and consumable display materials) will be based upon the needs of the workshop and set by the Board as required. The cost of the materials should be no more than 50% of the student workshop fees; generally all these material costs should be less than 50%. * Fundraising workshops are excluded from this honorarium